I didn't miss the Eclipse today.
You can only miss something if you are aiming for it, and frankly my aim was to get a grand night's sleep. I did achieve that and by the time I was up at a respectable hour, the world had reverted to its normal level of insanity.
I had to laugh at all the dire warnings over the last few days about not looking directly at the sun. I know from past experience that even an accidental micro-second glance at the sun can cause instant and severe discomfort and will naturally force the looker to look away and close their eyes. It's a built in instinctive thing provided by nature designed to protect the eyes, so anyone who disobeys their instinct and burns the fuck out of their retinas is frankly asking for it.
Even better, I saw a warning last night from our esteemed police force begging drivers not ot look at the sun while driving. Now that would be piling madness on top of insanity, and anyone who tried it would deserve to end up mangled in a ditch, and get a headline mention in the Darwin Awards.
I almost remember that last eclipse we had back in nineteen ninety something. I only barely remember it as a fleeting memory of walking behind the Radio Centre in RTE, heading towards the Fair City Lot [a mangled mess of scenery used for filming a soap opera]. What sticks in my mind is the image of a bunch of staff standing in the gloom and staring skywards through welder's masks. It was a surreal site.
Eclipses are mildly interesting but that's about it. They happen and then they're gone until the next one. Unless you're an astronomer who specialises in the Sun's Corona then I'm not sure what the fuss is all about. There is a disk, and then there's a disk with a bit missing and then there's a disk again. what's far more interesting is the weird gloom that spreads across the place. It annoys the hell out of wildlife who haven't a clue whether to go back to bed or not.
The Interweb is now awash with photographs of the crescent Sun, and only differ in their degrees of crescentness. There is nothing to stop me robbing one of those and claiming it for my own as they are all essentially identical to the magnificent photograph which I didn't bother taking.
Personally I prefer Lunar Eclipses.
They're less hysterical.
And at least I can watch them without resorting to a welder's mask.